50 Quick and Easy Ways Leaders can Prepare for Ofsted
Inspections are an inevitable feature of school life. Whether we like it or not, they are here to stay. But it is actually fairly easy to dispel much of the negative experience around inspections. The first step to doing this is outstanding preparation.
With this in mind, I put together 50 Quick and Easy Ways Leaders can Prepare for Oftsed.
This is the one book every leader should read before they start preparing for an inspection.
It offers sound, practical advice based on extensive research and experience. It provides you with links to vital information, documents and guidance as well as giving you a whole host of useful strategies you can employ to get yourself ready, your school ready, and your staff ready.
To get a flavour of what you can find in the book, take a look at these two sample entries:
Know the Data!
06 Data is central to the inspection process. It provides a clear sense of what is happening in your school in terms of achievement and how this is playing out historically (through year-on-year analysis, the identification of trends and historical comparisons).
Ofsted provide two useful online data services you can use to find out information about individual schools and wider regions:
It is vital that you know your school’s data and what this means. Furthermore, if you are responsible for a department or a series of departments, you should know their data as well.
Put simply, this is about you having the information about achievement at your fingertips. After all, this is the information which illustrates how the school is performing, what outcomes are being delivered for pupils and what needs to be done to improve.
Familiarise Yourself with the Relevant Documentation
22 Having considered the different groups of students you as a leader need to be aware of let us now go on to look at documentation and the Ofsted website.
The first and most obvious point is that, when preparing for an inspection, you should familiarise yourself with the relevant documentation.
You can find it here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools/for-schools/inspecting-schools
You might also like to look at the frequently asked questions guidance which you can access here.